The holiday blues can creep up on us for a number of reasons. Maybe you’re sad that you can’t see your family this year. Maybe you’re bummed that you’re missing a big annual tradition – a trip, a holiday get-together, a Christmas concert, an event in your community. Maybe you’ve got something else weighing you down – personal stuff that’s hard to ignore.
Whatever it is, I’m here to help you try to get past it – because the holidays aren’t here for long! If there’s ever a time to celebrate, smile, and feel good, that time is now.
Struggling to beat those holiday blues? Here are a few of my go-to solutions to cheer up when the holidays have me down:
GET A MASSAGE
Honestly, the holiday season can be stressful. With so much on my plate, I feel frazzled and anxious – not merry and bright. A massage could be the answer. There are few things more relaxing and bliss-inducing than a soothing, relaxing massage. Physically feeling the stress melt away and focusing on absolutely nothing for an hour is a luxury I look forward to during the holiday season, and it’s one of the few things I know will help me fight the holiday blues and boost my mood.
START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
If you’re feeling a little blah this holiday season, consider starting a gratitude journal. By simply taking the time to write down a few things you’re appreciative of each day – and really taking a minute to sit with that feeling of gratitude and allow yourself to enjoy it – you’ll make tremendous strides in shifting your mood to a more positive state.
PLAY SOME UPBEAT TUNES
Music is the best medicine. If you’re feeling down, see if your favorite playlist can’t pick you back up! Search Spotify for your favorite dance jams, classic holiday favorites, throwback hits, or whatever playlist happens to lift your spirits and distract you from your worries. Then turn the volume up and dance like no one’s watching – or sing along as loudly as you can in your car.
GIVE BACK TO THOSE IN NEED
A great way to improve your mood is to spend time helping those who are less fortunate. It’s a great way to put things into perspective while making a positive impact. Call your local food bank, homeless shelter, donation center, or church, and see if they could use an extra helping hand. Chances are, they won’t hesitate to take you up on your offer! If you don’t have the time to donate, you can also purchase gifts that give back as well.
TALK IT OUT
Sometimes, the best way to shake off bad feelings and get yourself into a better headspace is to just talk to someone else. Whether you have an established relationship with a trusted therapist or a good friend who will always pick up the phone, having an ear to listen can go a long way.
Don’t let those holiday blues overshadow the Christmas season! By taking steps to actively fight those feelings of sadness, you can shift your mindset and make the holidays the most enjoyable part of the year.